8th World Team Championship 2011 (9)
Armenia take 8th World Chess Teams Title
Mark Crowther - Tuesday 26th July 2011
Top scorer Wang Yue with 7/9. Photo © Gu Xiaobing. | http://ningbo2011.fide.com
Armenia won the 8th World Team Championship in Ningbo China. They scored 14 points and were the only undefeated team winning five matches and drawing four. They were a point clear of China who in turn were a point clear of Ukraine. Russia lost to India in the final round and finished outside the medals. Final Round report and event round up below.
Armenia 2-2 Ukraine
Ukraine against Armenia. Photo © Gu Xiaobing FIDE World Team Championship 2011
Armenia and Ukraine drew 2-2 in the final round of the 8th World Team Championship. The games seem to have all been agreed drawn at the same time as part of a package deal arranged by the captains. In my view this traditional practice of agreeing results as part of team orders should have long since have been been banned. Sofia rules are in order. Communication with outsiders, in this case captains, is just plain wrong.
The Ivanchuk-Aronian final position was very sharp but balanced. Movsesian-Eljanov and Efimenko-Akopian were drawish. Armenia needed just a draw for the title and Ukraine at least stood a chance of bronze with a draw, especially with Russia messing things up. So the fact that Sarigissian was much better against Moiseenko was probably why the deal went ahead.
China 2.5-1.5 Hungary
Li Chao against Judit Polgar. Photo © Gu Xiaobing FIDE World Team Championship 2011
The Chinese team did what they could to put pressure on Armenia. It is my interpretation of the tie-breaks that if Armenia had lost by any score then China would have taken the title. They beat Hungary 2.5-1.5 with Wang Hao drawing with the ever solid Peter Leko, and Yu Yangyi going down in an entertainingly wild struggle. However Wang Yue, top scorer in the whole event defeated Zoltan Almasi (again decent position wrecked on the run up to first time control) and Judit Polgar too went astray in this phase to lose to Li Chao.
India 2.5-1.5 Russia
Pentala Harikrishna against Alexander Grischuk. Photo © Gu Xiaobing FIDE World Team Championship 2011
Russia had a good chance of a medal going into the final round but went down to a surprise loss to India. Peter Svidler lost to Surya Shekar Ganguly on the black side of a Modern Defence, this was a sharp way to play for a win but things can go very wrong for black with the slightest inaccuracy which is what seems to have happened here. Grischuk won a nice game for Russia against Pentala Harikrishna but Ian Nepomniachtchi went astray in trying to exploit a tiny advantage against Krishnan Sasikiran and Nikita Vitiugov couldn't make anything of an advantage against Parimarjan Negi. The Russian team is the best financed side, has Evgeny Bareev as captain and even arrived a week early to acclimatise so their result can be accounted a total failure, as was the overall performance of their Ukrainian recruit Sergey Karjakin with 2/6.
USA 2.5-1.5 Isreal
Yasser Seirawan. Photo © Gu Xiaobing FIDE World Team Championship 2011
USA completed a reasonably successful event with a 2.5-1.5 victory over Israel to finish 6th. Israel just collapsed towards the end after a reasonable start. Sutovsky-Kamsky, Onischuk-Roiz and Smirin-Seirawan were all drawn. Robert Hess took his score to 3.5/6 with a win against Evgeny Postny.
Gata Kamsky. Photo © Gu Xiaobing FIDE World Team Championship 2011
Azerbaijan 2.5-1.5 Egypt
Teimour Radjabov against Ahmed Adly. Photo © Gu Xiaobing FIDE World Team Championship 2011
It is a shame Egypt didn't manage to get on the scoresheet as they fought gamely throughout in spite of being vastly outrated on each board in all of the matches. Here they were rewarded with a win for Samy Shoker who ground down World Championship Candidate Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in an ending. Shoker scored a very creditable 4/9 in the event. Mohamed Ezat picked up another good draw against Gadir Guseinov. Teimour Radjabov beat Ahmed Adly (he had a really tough time on top board) and Gashimov beat Bassem Amin. Azerbaijan's result, along with that of Russia can be counted as the most disappointing for them in the event.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Photo © Gu Xiaobing FIDE World Team Championship 2011
Top scorer with 7/9 Wang Yue. Photo © Gu Xiaobing FIDE World Team Championship 2011
Wang Yue had the best score in the event with 7/9 on board 2. Although Wang Hao's 6/9 as top performer on board 1 was probably almost as good. Gata Kamsky was second best and Teimour Radjabov 3rd. Peter Leko scored the same with a very solid return (all 5.5/9). Levon Aronian scored a respectable 5/8. Sergey Karjakin's 2/7 was a disaster.
Ian Nepomniachtchi and Vladimir Akopian scored 6/9 on board 3, Polgar made 5/9.
Alexander Moiseenko 6/8 was the top scorer on board 4. Yasser Seirawan's 4.5/7 was very respectible indeed and is promising for the future of the US Olympiad team who could probably do with his experience.
| 8th World Teams Ningbo CHN Sun 17th Jul 2011 - Wed 27th Jul 2011
Final Individual Performances
|12||GM||Li Chao B||2669||China||5.0||8||62.5||3|
|23||GM||Ganguly Surya Shekhar||2627||India||4.0||8||50.0||3|
|49||GM||El Gindy Essam||2510||Egypt||0.5||4||12.5||2|
| 8th World Teams Ningbo CHN Sun 17th Jul 2011 - Wed 27th Jul 2011
Final Round 9 Standings:
|8th World Teams Ningbo CHN Sun 17th Jul 2011 - Wed 27th Jul 2011|
|Round 9 on 2011/07/26 at 10:00|
|1.1||GM||Harikrishna Pentala||2669||-||GM||Grischuk Alexander||2746||0 - 1|
|1.2||GM||Sasikiran Krishnan||2681||-||GM||Nepomniachtchi Ian||2711||1 - 0|
|1.3||GM||Ganguly Surya Shekhar||2627||-||GM||Svidler Peter||2739||1 - 0|
|1.4||GM||Negi Parimarjan||2642||-||GM||Vitiugov Nikita||2733||½ - ½|
|2.1||GM||Leko Peter||2717||-||GM||Wang Hao||2718||½ - ½|
|2.2||GM||Almasi Zoltan||2726||-||GM||Wang Yue||2709||0 - 1|
|2.3||GM||Polgar Judit||2699||-||GM||Li Chao B||2669||0 - 1|
|2.4||GM||Balogh Csaba||2643||-||GM||Yu Yangyi||2672||1 - 0|
|3.1||GM||Radjabov Teimur||2744||-||GM||Adly Ahmed||2631||1 - 0|
|3.2||GM||Gashimov Vugar||2760||-||GM||Amin Bassem||2609||1 - 0|
|3.3||GM||Mamedyarov Shakhriyar||2765||-||IM||Shoker Samy||2475||0 - 1|
|3.4||GM||Guseinov Gadir||2625||-||IM||Ezat Mohamed||2430||½ - ½|
|Bo.||8||Ukraine||Rtg||-||2||Armenia||Rtg||2 : 2|
|4.1||GM||Ivanchuk Vassily||2768||-||GM||Aronian Levon||2805||½ - ½|
|4.2||GM||Eljanov Pavel||2697||-||GM||Movsesian Sergei||2700||½ - ½|
|4.3||GM||Efimenko Zahar||2706||-||GM||Akopian Vladimir||2667||½ - ½|
|4.4||GM||Moiseenko Alexander||2715||-||GM||Sargissian Gabriel||2663||½ - ½|
|5.1||GM||Sutovsky Emil||2700||-||GM||Kamsky Gata||2741||½ - ½|
|5.2||GM||Roiz Michael||2669||-||GM||Onischuk Alexander||2675||½ - ½|
|5.3||GM||Smirin Ilya||2676||-||GM||Seirawan Yasser||2635||½ - ½|
|5.4||GM||Postny Evgeny||2618||-||GM||Hess Robert||2609||0 - 1|
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